To #EndCovidEverywhere requires a multifaceted, global approach, inclusive of fully financing the mandate of the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A), sharing excess vaccine doses, and waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 tools. We can be proud that Canada has committed its fair share to the ACT-A. However, of the CAD $1.3 billion promised, Canada has invested heavily in securing vaccines for people in low-income countries, but little in strengthening the health systems that deliver them.
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To prioritize health systems, Canada can move to support system-strengthening by using a portion of its promised ACT-A investment to top up its contribution to the Global Financial Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF), a key ally working to deliver on the mandate of the Health Systems Connector. Results Canada volunteers started calling on Canada to contribute CAD $250 million over three years to the GFF in February. Such concrete support will save lives by helping countries deliver vaccines, recover from disruptions, restore health services, and build systems to prevent future pandemics.
Please email the Minister of International Development Karina Gould (Karina.Gould@international.gc.ca) and copy her new Chief of Staff Frédérique Tsai-Klassen (Frederique.Tsai-Klassen@international.gc.ca) to make the case that Canada must work hard to rapidly allocate resources committed to ACT-A towards the Health Systems Connector pillar of ACT-A through the GFF.
Thank the Minister for her leadership and commitment to fully funding the ACT-A and for hosting the #ReclaimTheGains campaign for the GFF with an initial investment of CAD $100 million. Explain how we can support system-strengthening mechanisms by using some of the unallocated ACT-A investments to top up Canada’s contribution to the GFF.
The ask: Canada must top up its initial investment in the GFF by CAD $150 million to build resilient health systems in low-income countries that support a rapid, equitable, and safe roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and prevent future pandemics.